As a kindergarten teacher, I always try to create a learning environment that is engaging, interactive, and inspiring for my kindergarten students.
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With all the new mandates and standards it is difficult to find time to allow my students to learn through play. However, I always try to design my lessons with one thing in mind: What we learn becomes a part of who we are. This dirt cup sequencing and following directions activity is a great activity to start the school year! I always use The Baker’s Party Shop for all my baking essentials! Let’s grab our supplies and get started!
The ability to follow directions, especially oral, multi-step ones, is an important kindergarten skill. It can also be a difficult skill for kids to master and often requires a lot of practice. I always start the year off with explaining the importance of following directions. This activity is a great way to show the importance of following directions! However, before I start my activity I always read a story!
1. Diary of a Worm
One of my favorite stories to read with this activity is Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. This is a great way to get students excited about creating dirt cups!
Before I allow my students to create their dirt cups, I always model what is expected of them. However, I always throw in a twist. I use the sequencing cards to have the students explain what to do for each direction. For instance, when I showcase the sequencing card that demonstrates pouring part of pudding mixture into the cup, many of my students will say “Pour the pudding.” So what do I do? I pour the pudding onto the floor. Yes, that’s right. This teaches my students the importance of providing detailed directions such as, “Pour the pudding mixture into the cup.”
3. Independent Practice
After modeling what I expect from the students, I send them back to their seats. At each table I have all the supplies needed to create their dirt cups and the free printable sequencing cards to assist them while they create their delicious dirt cups. I absolutely love the worm dirt snack clip art set from Jen Hart DESIGN. The sequencing cards allow the students to work together to put each card in order as they assemble their dirt cups.
4. Delicious Dirt Cups! Enjoy!
Their favorite part of the activity is eating their delicious dirt cups! This activity is a great way to focus on sequencing while explaining the importance of following directions and working together.
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Chad Boender is a teacher blogger and author of Male Kindergarten Teacher, a blog focused on curriculum-based projects and children’s crafts. He also shares content to bring you helpful hints on important things (ie: classroom organization, teacher hacks, strategic planning, etc.). Chad is a member of a very elite group of male kindergarten teachers. Yes, that’s right, he teaches kindergarten. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Professional Education and is currently pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership, M.Ed.